this is the part where i open with a bad maury povitch joke. but i won’t. 😃
i don’t know what i expected when started this process. but I kind of hoped for some surprises. there were some but nothing big.
when you get the kit, it’s pretty straightforward. you spit into a tiny cup that has a funnel on the top of it. then you close it with a cap and put it into a prelabeled mailer. you mail it off in any PO Box. at the same time, you also register your individual ID number so that you can access the results online later. the directions say that it will take 6 to 8 weeks for you to get your results, but mine only took about four.
my dad’s side is scotch-irish. i knew that from some research i had previously done and our family is proud of our heritage. my percentage for irish and the british isles was lower than i thought it would be though. most of my heritage is western european. also, there was a story on my dad side that we were part cherokee. but my results didn’t show that at all (less than 1% isn’t viable), which kind of shocked everyone. you can see the detailed results below. now i’m even more curious to learn more about my family tree and where i came from. i encourage everyone to try it! it was an interesting process and the results just may surprise you!